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We love Cambridge and cannot wait to share its stunning colleges, beautiful pubs, and gorgeous views with you. Starting with a pick up at a central London location of your choice, your driver/guide will whisk you away to this stunning city where you will have the chance to explore some of the most renowned colleges, linked to one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

In Cambridge, you will have the chance to explore Kings College and its awe-inspiring chapel, see an original copy of the King James Bible (one of the most important Christian documents in the world!), visit a pub which was popular with RAF crews during the Second World War, and learn how a group of Cambridge graduates, known as the Cambridge Spy Ring, almost destroyed the 'special relationship' that exists between the UK and the USA during the height of the Cold War!

Taking in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the east of England, your guide will return you to London making this trip stress free.

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Great St Mary's Church (Church of England), St. Marys Passage King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 3PQ England

Our first location will be Great St Mary's Church, the official centre point of Cambridge. Dating back to 1205, which the current building was built after a fire destroyed the original church during the 15th century. This stunning gothic church is unique given its status as both the University Church in Cambridge and as a local parish church. This means that one of its many interesting features is that it has two church organs, one of the town and one for the 'gown' or university.

Whilst at Great St Mary's Church you will discover its fascinating history, including how its restoration in the 15th century was part-funded by two rival kings - Richard III and Henry Tudor. The church is also your chance to view a first edition King James Bible which was donated to the church in the 1920s.

Finally, those of you who are interested have the option to climb the 123 steps to the top of the Church's tower and gain majestic views of Cambridge and beyond. Tower entry is not included in price

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cambridge University Press Bookshop, 1 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1SZ England

The Cambridge University Press Bookshop sits opposite where the very first book was published by the University Press in 1583 which started a line of printing in Cambridge that wasn't broken until 2013. The shop itself is also the oldest continuously operating bookshop in England, with books having been sold here since 1580.

At the Cambridge University Press Bookshop, your guide will explain the history of the university press, why printing today is still hugely important to major academic institutions like Cambridge, and why being published as an academic is such a big deal. Whilst here you will also have time to explore the bookshelves and purchase a souvenir or two!

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Eagle, Bene't St, Cambridge CB2 3QN, UK

The Eagle is where Francis Crick announced that he and James Watson had 'discovered the secret of life' after they had developed their idea for DNA. This historic pub, originally founded in 1667 is also were numerous Royal Air Force and American Air Force Crews had their final drink before heading off on missions over occupied Europe. Even to this day, their names which are graffitied on the ceiling of the RAF Bar, which is where we will stop for a drink, a spot of lunch and the chance to rest your feet for an hour before continuing on our tour.

If you are curious to try a local British beer your guide will be happy to help you make a choice that suits your pallet and your choice of lunch.

Please note that the cost of Lunch is not included within the price of the tour.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Corpus Clock, 58 Trumpington St Corpus Christi College, Cambridge CB2 1RH England

The Corpus Clock is a unique timepiece and sculpture. Situated at Corpus Christi, and designed by the renowned inventor John C. Taylor, this clock is like no other in the world. Each element of the clock has a unique meaning and this landmark clock has been a hit with tourists and locals alike since it was unveiled in 2008.

Stop At: King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST England

King's College was founded in 1441 by King Henry VI, who is also known as the 'royal saint'. Known for the fact that for 400 years King's only admitted Etonians and that its students graduated without sitting examinations, King's is one of the UK's most prestigious academic colleges with alumni including Alan Turing and Zadie Smith.

At King's College, we will be able to explore the gorgeous grounds of the College before entering Kings' Chapel which is one of the stunning highlights of this trip.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: King's College Chapel, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST England

King's College Chapel is one of the most stunning sites of Christian worship in the United Kingdom. Considered one of the finest examples of late Gothic English architecture and renowned for having the largest fan vaulted ceiling in the world this breathtaking building is the highlight of any tour of Cambridge.

Whilst at the chapel your guide will explain the founding of the College and the Chapel, why the college is so closely associated with numerous Kings of England, and why the college would not exist without the help of one of Shakespeare's most famous villains - the hunchbacked Richard III.

You will also have time to wonder the Chapel, view the glorious stained glass windows and admire Ruben's The Adoration of the Magi which now serves as the Chapel's alterpeice.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St. John's College, St. John's St., Cambridge CB2 1TP England

St. John's College is home to the famous Bridge of Sighs, which crosses the River Cam to the rear of the college. Seen across the world as one of the most recognisable images of Cambridge, the Bridge of Sighs was described as "so pretty and picturesque" that no trip to Cambridge is complete without a chance to stop and take a photo.

Known for being one of the largest of Cambridge's colleges, St. Johns was established by the mother of Henry VII, Margaret Beaufort who sadly died before the formal process of establishing the college could be completed. Today the college is one of the best in Cambridge with 30% of students achieving a first.

During our time at St. John's College we will explore the college's grounds, including the Victorian chapel (designed by the renowned architect Sir George Gilbert Scott) where you guide will discuss the 3 of college's most famous alumni; the abolitionists William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson, and the poet William Wordsworth.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Trinity College, 31 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TB England

Trinity College is the largest and wealthiest of all the Cambridge Colleges. Founded by Henry VIII it boasts over 32 Nobel prize winners amongst its alumni as well as Sir Isaac Newton and HRH Prince Charles.

Whilst at Trinity College we will have chance to see apple trees descended from the tree that dropped an apple on the head of Sir Isaac Newton, which gave rise to his theory of gravity. You will also have the chance to view the great court and the fountain that Lord Byron famously bathed in, enraging the college's officials.

Whilst at Trinity your guide will also explain one of the biggest scandals of the Cold War, where it was revealed that senior members of the British Secret Service had been passing covert intelligence from the British and Americans to the USSR. The Cambridge Spy Ring, as it became known, was one of the biggest espionage failures of the 20th century with all 5 members being recruited from Trinity College Cambridge.

Pass By: Wren Library, Garret Hostel Lane Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 1TQ England

The Wren Library, as its name suggests, was designed by the most famous English A

Pass By: The Backs, Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH England

The Backs offer some of the most impressive views of the Colleges that back onto the river Cam. From here we can get iconic views of Kings, Trinity, St. John's and Queens' Colleges, their famous bridges and their luscious landscapes. As we walk along the Backs, your guide will be happy to take as many photos as you require, and will explain how Cambridge's punts became so popular with students and tourists alike.

Stop At: Queens' College, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9ES England

Queens' College sometimes sets the teeth of grammar geeks on edge, luckily for us, the apostrophe is in the right place as the college has been associated with numerous British Queens from its founder Margaret of Anjou, the wife of Henry VI to the current sovereign Queen Elizabeth II. Famous for its warm brick buildings, which give the college an intimacy which is sometimes lacking in other colleges, the college was home to some surprising figures including the dutch philosopher Erasmus, Shakespeare's Son-in-Law, and Alexander Crummell an early Black rights activist, who graduated from the college in 1853.

Perhaps the most famous object at Queen College is the famous Mathematical Bridge, which links the old red brick buildings with the modern Cripps Court. The only wooden bridge in Cambridge, it is said that the original bridge was designed by Sir Isaac Newton and constructed without nails or bolts - something that was impossible to recreate when the bridge was dismantled for repairs

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Grantchester Village, Cambridge CB2 4AG England

After visiting Cambridge we will drive back to London via the quant and beautiful village of Grantchester, which is said to have the highest concentration of Nobel Prize winners of any village in the world. Made famous by the hit TV series, which is named after the village, Grantchester was a favourite spot of the writers Wordsworth, Tennyson, Chaucer, and Ted Huges and Sylvia Plath.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Inclusions
  • Entry to Kings College
  • Entry to St. John's College
  • Entry to Queens' College
  • Entry to Trinity College
  • Entry/Admission - King's College
  • Entry/Admission - King's College Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. John's College
  • Entry/Admission - Queens' College


Exclusions
  • Food and Drink
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Great St Mary's Church (Church of England)


Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We are able to collect clients from most Zone 1 and 2 locations.

We are also able to collect clients from London Stansted Airport

Airports

  • Stansted Airport, Bassingbourn Rd, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 1QW England




Departure Time
9:00 AM

Duration
10 hours

Voucher Info
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